Doron Medalie

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Doron Medalie
Native name
דורון מדלי
Born (1977-12-05) 5 December 1977 (age 41)
Ramat Hasharon, Israel
GenresPop, Mizrahi
Years active2001–present

Doron Medalie (Hebrew: דורון מדלי‎; born 5 December 1977)[1] is an Israeli songwriter, composer and artistic director. His song “Toy” won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.


Doron was raised in Ramat Hasharon. As a child he studied music and keyboards at the music school, theatre at the Habima national theatre and Alon performing- art high-school.[citation needed]

Later on, he studied screen-acting at the Sharon Alexander studio, Flamenco dancing at the Compass dance company, and Gaga lessons at the Batsheva Dance Company with the Master, Ohad Naharin.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

One of Israel's most successful hit-makers, Doron has written over 250 songs, ballads, Middle Eastern pop songs, children songs, soundtracks and theme songs for TV.

He wrote "Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv" - the official anthem of Tel Aviv Gay Pride 2013.[2] He has worked with Israeli singers including Eyal Golan, Shlomi Shabat, Omer Adam, Lior Narkis, and Harel Skaat. His solo album, Abyss, was released in 2008.[3]

Medalie has coordinated the theme songs and soundtracks for many TV shows, among them Goalstar, The Unit, Bolywood. Royal Chef, The Bachelor, Split. Zagury Empire, Disney Israel, Summer Break Stories, North Star and Shavit Ventura Show.[citation needed]

Television and stage career[edit]

As an artistic director, he started his career in 2000, as an assistant director of Yaron Meiri's Orpan Group. Together they were in charge of more than 100 commercial-stage-shows. His big breakthrough was as artistic manager of the talent shows A Star is Born and Eyal Golan Is Calling You.[citation needed] For more than ten years, he directed the Israeli Music Awards (ACUM) and the national Memorial Day ceremony.[citation needed]

Political statements[edit]

Medalie has been critical of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying "In the last decade, our consciousness has been polluted by Bibi telling us everyone hates us".[4] He has said that the lyrics of the 2018 Eurovision-winning song "Toy" were inspired by the #MeToo movement, and that the song carries a message about "the awakening of female power and social justice".[5] He created a youtube waiting room with The Aguda in August, following the 2018 Israeli LGBT's strike to underscore inequalities that LGBT Israelis still have to face[6].

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

He directed the Israeli entry for the Eurovision three times (Boaz Ma'uda - 2008, Harel Skaat - 2010, Moran Mazor - 2013).[7]

He wrote and composed the Israeli entries for Eurovision 2015 and Eurovision 2016 - "Golden Boy" (Nadav Guedj),[8] which ended 3rd in the semi-finals and was awarded a spot in the final on May 23, 2015, where he ended 9th with 97 points, and "Made of Stars" (Hovi Star),[9] which ended 7th in the semi-finals and was awarded a spot in the final on May 14, 2016, where he ended 14th with 135 points.

Doron collaborated with Zvika Pick; together they wrote "Sing My Song" for Sofia Nizharadze (Eurovision pre-selection Georgia, 2010).[citation needed]

For the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon (Portugal), he composed the music and wrote the lyrics together with composer Stav Berger for the winning song “Toy”, sung by Netta Barzilai[7]

Notable songs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "פסק זמן עם דורון מדלי". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Doron Medalie Abyss". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ Jessica Steinberg (15 March 2018). "Meet the hitmaker behind 'Toy,' Israel's sensational Eurovision song". Times of Israel. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  5. ^ Jo-Anne Rowney. "Israel's winning Eurovision entry has a hidden message - what the chicken song lyrics actually mean". Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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  7. ^ a b Stratos Agadellis (14 May 2018). "Israel: Doron Medalie releases demo version for Toy". esctoday.
  8. ^ Storvik-Gree, Simon. "Nadav Guedj wins Israeli ticket to Vienna, song revealed". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  9. ^ Jordan, Paul. "Hovi Star to represent Israel in Stockholm". Retrieved 26 May 2016.